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Principal Cyber Systems Engineer / Sr. Principal Cyber Systems Engineer

Requisition ID: R10059039

  • Category IconCategory: Information Technology
  • Location IconLocation: Melbourne, Florida, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 2

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work — and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

Northrop Grumman's Aeronautics Systems has an opening for a Principal Cyber Systems Engineer / Sr. Principal Cyber Systems Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals within the Weapon Systems Cybersecurity (WSC) Community of Practice (CoP) team. This position will be located in Melbourne, FL.

In this role, you will performs technical planning, system integration, verification and validation, cost and risk, and supportability and effectiveness analyses for total systems. Analyses are performed at all levels of total system product to include: concept, design, fabrication, test, installation, operation, maintenance and disposal. This role ensures the logical and systematic conversion of customer or product requirements into total systems solutions that acknowledge technical, schedule, and cost constraints. Finally, performs functional analysis, timeline analysis, detail trade studies, requirements allocation and interface definition studies to translate customer requirements into hardware and software specifications.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist with modeling standardized Weapon Systems Cybersecurity (WSC) tasking in the Nimbus tool, including the production of standard System Security Engineering (SSE) tasks and related documents such as work instructions, desk instructions, plan templates, process guides, and commentary
  • Assist with the application of standardized WSC tasking on specific programs through specific program support actions
  • Assist with standardization adoption through regular interaction with programs at all Aeronautics Systems (AS) Centers of Excellence (COEs)
  • Performing assessments of program capabilities and identifying the current program execution capabilities in the Department of Defense (DoD) Risk Management Framework (RMF)
  • Assist in establishing strict program control processes to ensure mitigation of risks and supports obtaining certification and accreditation of systems. Includes support of process, analysis, coordination, security certification test, security documentation, as well as investigations, software research, hardware introduction and release, and periodic audits
  • Provide hands-on instruction in standardized WSC tasking through the development and delivery of Cybersecurity Workshops
  • Assist in information dissemination through publishing articles related to areas of expertise

We offer flexible work arrangements, 9/80 work schedule with every other Friday off, phenomenal learning opportunities, exposure to a wide variety of projects and customers, and a very friendly team environment. We are looking for self-motivated, proactive, and goal-oriented people to help us grow our services and become even better at what we do.

Basic Qualifications (Principal Level):

  • Bachelor's Degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) discipline AND 5 years of experience OR Master's Degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) discipline AND 3 years of experience OR PhD in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) discipline AND 0 years of experience
  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret clearance
  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain Special Access Program (SAP) clearance
  • Must have experience/familiarity with task modeling in the Nimbus tool
  • Must have experience identifying, evaluating, and implementing RMF controls
  • Must have experience with systems administration of Windows and Linux operating systems, including security hardening
  • Must have DoDI 8570 certification (GSEC, Security+, SCNP, SSCP) or higher

Basic Qualifications (Sr. Principal Level):

  • Bachelor's Degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) discipline AND 9 years of experience OR Master's Degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) discipline AND 7 years of experience OR PhD in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) discipline AND 4 years of experience
  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret clearance
  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain Special Access Program (SAP) clearance
  • Must have experience/familiarity with task modeling in the Nimbus tool
  • Must have experience identifying, evaluating, and implementing RMF controls
  • Must have experience with systems administration of Windows and Linux operating systems, including security hardening
  • Must have DoDI 8570 certification (GSEC, Security+, SCNP, SSCP) or higher

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A working knowledge of Information Assurance (IA) technology, NIST standards, DoDI 8500.2 and SP 800-53
  • Experience implementing IAVMs and STIGs
  • Experience with JIRA tools
  • Familiarity in the Cybersecurity Lifecycle to include: generating IA requirements, creating IA architecture design, configuring IA audit tools, conducting IA verification and performing IA compliance


Salary Range: $96,400 USD - $144,600 USD
Salary Range 2: $119,400 USD - $179,200 USD

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority. The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042 https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/.

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.



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What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.


Did you know?

Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Launched in December 2021, the telescope incorporates innovative design, advanced technology, and groundbreaking engineering, and will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.